Star & Crescent’s “Reclaim The News”

Joni RhodesEnterprise and Innovation

In 2017, Star & Crescent were approached by the Centre for Investigative Journalism as one of four independent, local news websites across the country to deliver training to local residents.  The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries’ Eldon Building was deemed the ideal location to hold this ten-part course, titled Reclaim The News, which culminated in a public showcase on Saturday 7th July 2018. The project was been funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as part of their commitment to local democracy, and empowering local residents to be actively involved in improving their own communities and holding power to account.

The Star & Crescent team were joined by national experts and journalists to train participants in a range of areas relating to investigative and community journalism. Alongside their training each week, participants were supported and mentored to write at least one story for publication. Participants will be invited to remain with S&C after their training as part of our new Community Reporting Team.

The Reclaim the News team, made up of 12 local residents with an interest in journalistic writing, surpassed all expectations with a wide variety of stories completed and in train – all destined for the Star & Crescent website. Every participants has joined Star and Crescent’s first ever Community Reporting team, with the intention that this team will grow in the coming months. They will also be launching a Supporters’ Scheme to fund this work.

Star & Crescent Editor In Chief presents Neyda De Arcos with her certificate

The Reclaim The News team